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Epson Printers Go Hi-Def

Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

New Epson RX580 Delivers Superior Photos, Documents

Michael L. Berman's Blog
May 29 , 2007

When the folks at Epson sent me their new multifunction printer, I had a typical reaction: "Oh goodie, ANOTHER printer that does everything except make a pot of weak coffee!" Well, I'm ashamed of myself! There's nothing "weak" about the new Epson Stylus Ultra High-Definition RX580 Photo All-in-One printer ($149).

Of course, like all of the other multi-everything printers, the RX580 prints, copies and scans documents and delivers photos at the push of a button. But the difference is the quality of the prints. Everything I fed it came out crisp and clean - - no spots, no shadows and no weak attempts to match colors on the original documents.

A lot of that may have to do with the ink these printers use. The Epson uses six Claria High Definition ink cartridges, which deliver the truest colors I've seen from so-called multifunction or all-in-one printers. Separate ink cartridges have always been the way to go for superior color, leaving printers using tri-color and black cartidges in the dust quality-wise. Plus they're a lot less expensive to replace. Why buy three colors for $50 when all that's low is one, which can be replaced for $15?

On the surface this printer is similar to the Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart C5180 I reviewed back in December. And, if it wasn't for the suprising sharpness and qaulity of the Claria color inks, I would have to say one is as good as another. But, considering the high-quality color and the fact that photos printed with the Claria inks can last up to 200 years without fading, the edge has to go to Epson.

It can also print directly onto CDs or DVDs, which no printer I've played with yet has been able to do.

Other key features of the printer include:

You can use its built-in 2.5-inch LCD monitor to crop, rotate, enlarge, and print photos without a computer, using its built-in memory card reader or by connecting it to your camera or digital phone.

It will auto-correct colors and reduce red-eye automatically and can restore old, faded pictures.

It will deliver better than lab quality 5x6 borderless photos in about 32 seconds and can print color and black and white documents at 30 pages per minute. Photos of lesser quality can be printed in about 13 seconds.

Maximum resolution is 5760 x 1440 dpi.


If you don't need a fax and you want a multifunction printer that will allow you to scan in and restore photos or will print photos without a computer offering you a bevy of built-in options, you might want to check this baby out.

More information can be found at the company's Web site at

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